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Foxtel From Telstra
Platinum Plus
Satellite
10 Genres Content tv-shows, movies, sport, entertainment, drama, kids, documentaries, lifestyle, reality, music
BEST FOR FAMILIES $99/mth Price
Min Cost - Min cost $199 (incl. $100 install). For new Foxtel customers. $139/mth after 12 mths
  • No Contract
  • Netflix Standard Plan included
  • Over 50 channels of great Foxtel Plus + sports, movies, drama and documentary channels
  • With Foxtel GO, stream or watch live the channels from your subscription, on your device.
  • Access to a range of TV shows and Movies via Foxtel's On Demand
  • Flexibility to change your package once a month to suit your needs
Foxtel TV
Platinum Plus Bundle
Satellite
10 Genres Content tv-shows, movies, sport, entertainment, drama, kids, documentaries, lifestyle, reality, music
$99/mth Price
Min Cost - $1188 on a 12 month direct debit plan with an iQ4
  • Christmas offer: $99* (from $139) per month
  • Standard install & iQ4 box fees waived
  • 12 Month Contract
  • Foxtel Plus, Sports HD, Movies HD, Kids & Favourites
  • Over 50 sports on 13 HD channels
  • Over 1,000 movies On Demand
  • Netflix Standard Plan included
  • Multiroom casting
  • 5 Kids channels
  • 13 Favourites channels
  • Watch live and on demand with the Foxtel GO app
  • Australia’s best TV and On Demand, all in one place, on iQ4
  • More terms: New residential customers and standard install only. Cancel fee applies.
Foxtel Now
All Packs
Streaming
10 Genres Content tv-shows, movies, sport, entertainment, drama, kids, documentaries, lifestyle, reality, music
$89/mth Price
Min Cost - $89/mth for first 3 months, $104/mth thereafter
  • Special offer: Only $89/month for 3 months!
  • No Contract
  • Stream the best choice of entertainment, drama, comedy, reality TV and lifestyle from Australia and around the world
  • Stream over 50 different sports across 13 channels including LIVE coverage of AFL, NRL, Rugby, Cricket, NBA, Baseball, Formula 1, V8 Supercars and more
  • Stream the best of British from the BBC as well as hits from Universal, Fox Crime, and Fox One
  • Stream the world's best children's entertainment
  • Get access to Discovery, Nat Geo, BBC, Crime + Investigation and HISTORY
Foxtel TV
Premium & Netflix Bundle
Satellite
10 Genres Content tv-shows, movies, sport, entertainment, drama, kids, documentaries, lifestyle, reality, music
$83/mth Price
Min Cost - $996 on a 12 month direct debit plan with an iQ4
  • Christmas offer: $83* (from $111) per month
  • Standard install & iQ4 box fees waived
  • 12 Month Contract
  • Foxtel Plus, Sports HD, Movies HD & Kids
  • Over 50 sports on 13 HD channels
  • Thousands of hours of movies on demand
  • Netflix Standard Plan included
  • Watch live and on demand with the Foxtel GO app
  • Australia’s best TV and On Demand, all in one place, on iQ4
  • More terms: New residential customers and standard install only. Cancel fee applies.
Foxtel TV
Premium Bundle
Satellite
10 Genres Content tv-shows, movies, sport, entertainment, drama, kids, documentaries, lifestyle, reality, music
$79/mth Price
Min Cost - $948 on a 12 month direct debit plan with an iQ4
  • Christmas offer: $79* (from $99) per month
  • Standard install & iQ4 box fees waived
  • 12 Month Contract
  • Foxtel Plus, Sports HD, Movies HD & Kids
  • Over 50 sports on 13 HD channels
  • Thousands of hours of movies on demand
  • Watch live and on demand with the Foxtel GO app
  • Australia’s best TV and On Demand, all in one place, on iQ4
  • More terms: New residential customers and standard install only. Cancel fee applies.
Foxtel TV
Movies HD & Netflix Bundle
Satellite
9 Genres Content tv-shows, movies, entertainment, drama, kids, documentaries, lifestyle, reality, music
$69/mth Price
Min Cost - $828 on a 12 month direct debit plan with an iQ4
  • Christmas offer: $69* (from $81) per month
  • Standard install & iQ4 box fees waived
  • 12 Month Contract
  • Foxtel Plus & Movies HD
  • Thousands of hours of movies on demand
  • Netflix Standard Plan included
  • Watch live and on demand with the Foxtel GO app
  • Australia’s best TV and On Demand, all in one place, on iQ4
  • More terms: New residential customers and standard install only. Cancel fee applies.
Foxtel TV
Foxtel Plus with HD Bundle
Satellite
7 Genres Content tv-shows, entertainment, drama, documentaries, lifestyle, reality, music
$59/mth Price
Min Cost - $708 on a 12 month direct debit plan with an iQ4
  • Standard install & iQ4 box fees waived
  • 12 Month Contract
  • Entertainment, Drama, Lifestyle, Docos, Reality & more
  • Over 50 channels
  • HD pack included
  • Watch live and on demand with the Foxtel GO app
  • Australia’s best TV and On Demand, all in one place, on iQ4
  • More terms: New residential customers and standard install only. Cancel fee applies.
Foxtel TV
Sports HD & Netflix Bundle
Satellite
10 Genres Content tv-shows, movies, sport, entertainment, drama, kids, documentaries, lifestyle, reality, music
$58/mth Price
Min Cost - $696 on a 12 month direct debit plan with an iQ4
  • Christmas offer: $58* (from $86) per month
  • Standard install & iQ4 box fees waived
  • 12 Month Contract
  • Foxtel Plus & Sports HD
  • Over 50 sports on 13 live HD sport channels
  • Netflix Standard Plan included
  • Watch live and on demand with the Foxtel GO app
  • Australia’s best TV and On Demand, all in one place, on iQ4
  • More terms: New residential customers and standard install only. Cancel fee applies.
Foxtel TV
Foxtel Plus & Netflix Bundle
Satellite
9 Genres Content tv-shows, movies, entertainment, drama, kids, documentaries, lifestyle, reality, music
$58/mth Price
Min Cost - $696 on a 12 month direct debit plan with an iQ4
  • Christmas offer: $58* (from $61) per month
  • Standard install & iQ4 box fees waived
  • 12 Month Contract
  • Entertainment, Drama, Lifestyle, Docos, Reality & more
  • Over 50 channels
  • Netflix Standard Plan included
  • Watch live and on demand with the Foxtel GO app
  • Australia’s best TV and On Demand, all in one place, on iQ4
  • More terms: New residential customers and standard install only. Cancel fee applies.
Foxtel TV
Movies HD Bundle
Satellite
8 Genres Content tv-shows, movies, entertainment, drama, documentaries, lifestyle, reality, music
$58/mth Price
Min Cost - $696 on a 12 month direct debit plan with an iQ4
  • Christmas offer: $58* (from $69) per month
  • Standard install & iQ4 box fees waived
  • 12 Month Contract
  • Foxtel Plus & Movies HD
  • Thousands of hours of movies on demand
  • Watch live and on demand with the Foxtel GO app
  • Australia’s best TV and On Demand, all in one place, on iQ4
  • More terms: New residential customers and standard install only. Cancel fee applies.
Foxtel TV
Sports HD Bundle
Satellite
8 Genres Content tv-shows, sport, entertainment, drama, documentaries, lifestyle, reality, music
$55/mth Price
Min Cost - $660 on a 12 month direct debit plan with an iQ4
  • Christmas offer: $55* (from $74) per month
  • Standard install & iQ4 box fees waived
  • 12 Month Contract
  • Foxtel Plus & Sports HD
  • Over 50 sports on 13 live HD sport channels
  • Watch live and on demand with the Foxtel GO app
  • Australia’s best TV and On Demand, all in one place, on iQ4
  • More terms: New residential customers and standard install only. Cancel fee applies.
Foxtel From Telstra
Foxtel Plus + Sports HD
Satellite
8 Genres Content tv-shows, sport, entertainment, drama, documentaries, lifestyle, reality, music
HOT THIS MONTH $50/mth Price
Min Cost - Min cost $150 (incl. $100 install). For new Foxtel customers. $74/mth after 12 mths
  • No Contract
  • Over 50 channels of great Foxtel Plus + sport channels
  • With Foxtel GO, stream or watch live the channels from your subscription, on your device.
  • Access to a range of TV shows and Movies via Foxtel's On Demand
  • Flexibility to change your package once a month to suit your needs
Foxtel TV
Foxtel Plus Bundle
Satellite
7 Genres Content tv-shows, entertainment, drama, documentaries, lifestyle, reality, music
$49/mth Price
Min Cost - $588 on a 12 month direct debit plan with iQ4
  • Standard install & iQ4 box fees waived
  • 12 Month Contract
  • Entertainment, Drama, Lifestyle, Docos, Reality & more
  • 130 complete drama series to choose from
  • Over 50 channels
  • Watch live and on demand with the Foxtel GO app
  • Australia’s best TV and On Demand, all in one place, on iQ4
  • More terms: New residential customers and standard install only. Cancel fee applies.
Foxtel From Telstra
Foxtel Plus
Satellite
7 Genres Content tv-shows, entertainment, drama, documentaries, lifestyle, reality, music
$49/mth Price
Min Cost - Min cost $149 (incl. $100 install). For new Foxtel customers.
  • No Contract
  • Over 50 channels of the best entertainment & drama
  • With Foxtel GO, stream or watch live the channels from your subscription, on your device.
  • Access to a range of TV shows and Movies via Foxtel's On Demand
  • Flexibility to change your package once a month to suit your needs
Foxtel Now
Essentials + Kids pack
Streaming
7 Genres Content tv-shows, entertainment, drama, kids, lifestyle, reality, music
$35/mth Price
Min Cost - $35 over 1 month
  • 10 Day Free Trial
  • No Contract
  • Stream from great kid channels like Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network, and Disney
  • Stream the best choice of entertainment, drama, comedy, reality TV and lifestyle from Australia and around the world
  • Must watch shows like SpongeBob SquarePants, Henry Danger, DC Super Hero Girls and Bizaardvark
Foxtel Now
Essentials + Docos pack
Streaming
7 Genres Content tv-shows, entertainment, drama, documentaries, lifestyle, reality, music
$35/mth Price
Min Cost - $35 over 1 month
  • 10 Day Free Trial
  • No Contract
  • Stream the best shows from great documentary channels like Discovery Channel, National Geographic, and History
  • Stream the best choice of entertainment, drama, comedy, reality TV and lifestyle from Australia and around the world
  • Must watch shows like Aussie Inventions That Changed The World and Crime Investigation Australia
Kayo Sports
Premium
Streaming
1 Genre Content sport
$35/mth Price
$0 for two-week free trial, $35 for Premium subscription; no lock-in contracts.
  • 14 Day Free Trial
  • No Contract
  • Over 50 sporting events available Live and On Demand.
  • SplitView feature allows watching up to 4 videos in one screen (on selected devices).
  • All content streamed in HD (bandwidth required) and comes with other features like our ‘No Spoiler!’ setting and Key moments
  • Watch on 3 devices concurrently
  • Requires internet & compatible device
  • Data charges apply
  • Featuring: Cricket World Cup, Toyota AFL Premiership, NRL Telstra Premiership, NBA, NFL, Hyundai A-League, FIA Formula One World Championship™, Virgin Australia Supercars Championship
  • Plus over 50 sports including: Aussie Rules, Rugby League, Rugby Union, Supercars, Formula1, Cricket, Football, Basketball, Tennis, Golf, American Football, Baseball, Rowing, Athletics, Surfing, Boxing, Gymnastics, Sailing, Swimming and more.
Foxtel Now
Essentials + Drama Extra pack
Streaming
6 Genres Content tv-shows, entertainment, drama, lifestyle, reality, music
$35/mth Price
Min Cost - $35 over 1 month
  • 10 Day Free Trial
  • No Contract
  • Stream the best of British from the BBC as well as hits from Universal, Fox Crime, and Fox One
  • Stream the best choice of entertainment, drama, comedy, reality TV and lifestyle from Australia and around the world
  • Must watch shows Suits, Mother Father Son, Victoria
Foxtel Now
Essentials + Movies pack
Streaming
7 Genres Content tv-shows, movies, entertainment, drama, lifestyle, reality, music
$30/mth Price
Min Cost - $30/mth for first 3 months, $45/mth thereafter
  • Special offer: Only $30/month for 3 months!
  • No Contract
  • Stream the hottest movies on demand, anytime, ad-break free on 10 movie channels
  • Stream the best choice of entertainment, drama, comedy, reality TV and lifestyle from Australia and around the world
  • Must-watch blockbusters like Aquaman, Bohemian Rhapsody and A Star Is Born
Foxtel Now
Essentials pack
Streaming
6 Genres Content tv-shows, entertainment, drama, lifestyle, reality, music
BEST VALUE $25/mth Price
Min Cost - $25 over 1 month
  • 10 Day Free Trial
  • No Contract
  • Stream the best choice of entertainment, drama, comedy, reality TV and lifestyle from Australia and around the world
  • 25+ channels of Lifestyle, Drama, Comedy, Entertainment and more
  • Must watch shows like The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones
Streaming
1 Genre Content sport
$25/mth Price
$25/month after 14 days free trial; no lock-in contracts.
  • 14 Day Free Trial
  • No Contract
  • Over 50 sporting events available Live and On Demand
  • SplitView feature allows watching up to 4 videos in one screen (on selected devices).
  • All content streamed in HD (bandwidth required) and comes with other features like our ‘No Spoiler!’ setting and Key moments
  • Watch on 2 devices concurrently
  • Requires internet & compatible device
  • Data charges apply
  • Featuring: Cricket World Cup, Toyota AFL Premiership, NRL Telstra Premiership, NBA, NFL, Hyundai A-League, FIA Formula One World Championship™, Virgin Australia Supercars Championship
  • Plus over 50 sports including: Aussie Rules, Rugby League, Rugby Union, Supercars, Formula1, Cricket, Football, Basketball, Tennis, Golf, American Football, Baseball, Rowing, Athletics, Surfing, Boxing, Gymnastics, Sailing, Swimming and more.
Kayo Sports from Telstra
Basic - Kayo Sports from Telstra
Streaming
1 Genre Content sport
$25/mth Price
Min Cost - $25/month after 14 days free trial; no lock-in contracts.
  • 14 Day Free Trial
  • No Contract
  • Over 50 sporting events available Live and On Demand
  • SplitView feature allows watching up to 4 videos in one screen (on selected devices).
  • All content streamed in HD (bandwidth required) and comes with other features like our ‘No Spoiler!’ setting and Key moments
  • Watch on 2 devices concurrently
  • Requires internet & compatible device
  • Data charges apply
  • Featuring: Cricket World Cup, Toyota AFL Premiership, NRL Telstra Premiership, NBA, NFL, Hyundai A-League, FIA Formula One World Championship™, Virgin Australia Supercars Championship
  • Plus over 50 sports including: Aussie Rules, Rugby League, Rugby Union, Supercars, Formula1, Cricket, Football, Basketball, Tennis, Golf, American Football, Baseball, Rowing, Athletics, Surfing, Boxing, Gymnastics, Sailing, Swimming and more.
Fetch TV
Ultimate Pack
Broadband
10 Genres Content tv-shows, movies, sport, entertainment, drama, kids, documentaries, lifestyle, reality, music
$20/mth Price
Min Cost - Channel pack cost only. Actual cost of the product vary between ISP partners and retails.
  • All the channels included in the Kids, Knowledge, Vibe and Variety packs
  • Contract Varies
  • Get the Fetch Mighty or Mini from retailers or partner ISP's
  • Enjoy your Netflix, Stan, and YouTube on the big screen
  • Watch free to air TV, catch-up and or watch anytime with the Fetch TV App
  • Fetch Mighty ($449 RRP) or Fetch Mini ($169 RRP) is a required purchase exclusive in our monthly pricing.
  • Retail customers: Buy the Fetch Mighty box for $449 RRP and pay a $1 one-off activation fee. There is no ongoing monthly subscription for the Starter Pack. *Movie Box is an extra $1/month for retail customers. ISP customers: The Fetch box and Starter Pack are included in eligible broadband plans, or you can add the Starter Pack to your broadband plan for $10 or $15/month depending on your service provider.
Netflix
Premium - Netflix from Telstra
Streaming
8 Genres Content tv-shows, movies, entertainment, drama, kids, documentaries, lifestyle, reality
$19.99/mth Price
Min Cost - $19.99 over 1 month, stream 4 devices at once
  • 30-day free trial
  • No Contract, Cancel Anytime
  • Stream in HD and UHD on four devices at once
  • Download titles to watch on the go
Stan
Premium
Streaming
7 Genres Content tv-shows, movies, entertainment, drama, kids, documentaries, reality
$17/mth Price
Min Cost - $17 over 1 month
  • 30-day free trial
  • No Contract, Cancel Anytime
  • Unlimited access to TV shows and movies
  • Four screens can be used at a time
  • Five phones or tablets can download videos
  • Not all movies and TV shows are available in Full/4K Ultra HD. This is also dependent on your Internet connection speed and device capabilities.
Netflix
Standard - Netflix from Telstra
Streaming
8 Genres Content tv-shows, movies, entertainment, drama, kids, documentaries, lifestyle, reality
$13.99/mth Price
Min Cost - $13.99 over 1 month, stream 2 devices at once
  • 30-day free trial
  • No Contract, Cancel anytime
  • Stream in HD on two devices
  • Download titles to two phones or tablets
Netflix
Basic - Netflix from Telstra
Streaming
8 Genres Content tv-shows, movies, entertainment, drama, kids, documentaries, lifestyle, reality
$9.99/mth Price
Min Cost - 9.99 over 1 month, stream on one device at a time
  • 30-day free trial
  • No Contract, Cancel anytime
  • Stream on one device at a time in SD
  • Download titles to one phone or tablet
10 All Access
Monthly Subscription
Streaming
4 Genres Content tv-shows, entertainment, drama, reality
$9.99/mth Price
Min Cost - $9.99 over 1 month
  • 1 Month Free Trial
  • No Contract
  • Stream shows that you love ad-free
  • Watch new shows before they premiere on Network 10
  • Stay informed with 24/7 news on CBSN
  • Use 3 screens at the same time
  • Featured Shows: The Bachelor, NCIS, MacGyver, Tell Me A Story, Strange Angel, One Dollar, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, The Twilight Zone, Why Women Kill
  • Compatible with iOS and Androiid devices, Apple TV, Android TV, and Chromecast online
OVOPlay
1 Month Pass
Streaming
1 Genre Content sport
$9.99/mth Price
Min Cost - $9.99 over 1 month
  • Earn data rewards for streaming on OVOPlay up to 10GB
  • Premium Channels Fan Pass
  • Prepaid
  • Access to premium version for certain sports
  • Live and on-demand action
  • Pass is valid for 1 month from purchase date
Disney
Monthly
Streaming
9 Genres Content tv-shows, movies, entertainment, drama, kids, documentaries, lifestyle, reality, music
STAFF PICK $8.99/mth Price
Min Cost - $8.99 over 1 month
  • 7-day free trial
  • No Contract, Cancel anytime
  • Stream in HD on up to four devices
  • Unlimited downloads on up to 10 devices
  • Commercial-free playback
  • The Mandalorian
  • High School Musical: The Series
  • Encore!
  • Forky Asks a Question
  • The Lady and the Tramp
  • The Imagineering Story
  • Pixar In Real Life
Disney
Yearly
Streaming
9 Genres Content tv-shows, movies, entertainment, drama, kids, documentaries, lifestyle, reality, music
$89.99/365 days Price
Min Cost - $89.99 over 1 year
  • 7-day free trial
  • No Contract, Cancel anytime
  • Stream in HD on up to four devices
  • Unlimited downloads on up to 10 devices
  • Commercial-free playback
  • The Mandalorian
  • High School Musical: The Series
  • Encore!
  • Forky Asks a Question
  • The Lady and the Tramp
  • The Imagineering Story
  • Pixar In Real Life
Amazon Prime
Monthly Subscription
Streaming
7 Genres Content tv-shows, movies, entertainment, drama, kids, documentaries, reality
$6.99/mth Price
$6.99/month after 30 days free trial
  • 30-day free trial
  • No Contract
  • Download videos for offline viewing
  • Titles available in 4K
  • Stream on 3 devices at the same time
  • Download and go
  • Watch offline on the Prime Video app when you download titles to your iPhone, iPad, Tablet, or Android device.
hayu
Monthly Subscription
Streaming
3 Genres Content tv-shows, lifestyle, reality
$6.99/mth Price
There is no messy contract to sign, or ugly break-up. You can unsubscribe anytime.
  • 30 day free trial
  • No Contract
  • Get the hayu app to download your favourite shows
  • Pick from over 6,500+ episodes of reality TV inc Keeping Up With the Kardashians, The Real Housewives and much more.
  • The Real Housewives
  • Lindsay Lohan's Beach Club
  • Keeping Up With the Kardashians
  • Southern Charm
  • Botched
  • Million Dollar Listing
DocPlay
Monthly Subscription
Streaming
6 Genres Content tv-shows, movies, sport, documentaries, lifestyle, music
STAFF PICK $6.95/mth Price
$6.95/month after 30 days free trial
  • 30-day free trial
  • No Contract
  • Watch over 450 of the very best documentaries from around the world including over 25 Academy Award ™ winners & nominees.
  • New films & shows are added every week
  • Apps available for Telstra TV, Apple TV, Android TV, Xbox One, iPhone, iPad and Android devices
  • Watch on your TV with Chromecast and AirPlay
  • Stream unlimited documentaries on any device with a DocPlay Premium subscription
  • Cancel anytime.
Seven
Plus7
Streaming
8 Genres Content tv-shows, sport, entertainment, drama, kids, documentaries, lifestyle, reality
$0/mth Price
  • No Contract
  • Watch full episodes of shows from Seven, 7mate, 7TWO, 7flix, & racing.com
  • Enjoy it live and free online or on mobile
  • No account sign-up needed
  • Compatible on most devices
SBS
On Demand
Streaming
9 Genres Content tv-shows, movies, sport, entertainment, drama, documentaries, lifestyle, reality, music
$0/mth Price
  • No Contract
  • Watch full episodes of your favourite SBS shows online
  • Over 600 movie titles
  • App for Kindle Reader available
  • Enjoy free unlimited streaming of shows, movies and events
ABC
iView
Streaming
10 Genres Content tv-shows, movies, sport, entertainment, drama, kids, documentaries, lifestyle, reality, music
$0/mth Price
  • No Contract
  • Catch up with your favourite ABC shows for free
  • High-speed streaming and ad-free
  • Simulcast live streaming of other ABC channels
  • Compatible on most devices
Ten
Tenplay
Streaming
9 Genres Content tv-shows, movies, sport, entertainment, drama, kids, documentaries, lifestyle, reality
$0/mth Price
  • No Contract
  • Watch shows from Channel TEN, 10 Peach & 10 Bold
  • Live streaming, watch sports as they happen
  • Exciting extras including interviews and trailers
  • Compatible on most devices
Nine
9Now
Streaming
8 Genres Content tv-shows, sport, entertainment, drama, kids, documentaries, lifestyle, reality
$0/mth Price
  • No Contract
  • Watch shows from Channel Nine, 9Gem, 9Go! & 9Life
  • Enjoy live streaming, catch-up, and on demand content
  • Sign up and get notified for new episodes
  • Compatible on most devices
Telstra TV Box Office
Pay Per View
Streaming
8 Genres Content tv-shows, movies, entertainment, drama, kids, documentaries, reality, music
STAFF PICK $/ days Price
You can only purchase TV shows, not rent them.
Min Cost - Depending on title
  • No Subscription Fee
  • No Contract
  • The latest releases from the cinema
  • Choose from a huge library of movies and TV Shows to rent and buy, from blockbusters to old favourites
  • Control what you spend and when you spend it
  • $5.99 for SD and $6.99 for HD when purchasing titles
  • If you just want to rent a title, it will cost you $1.99 for SD and $2.99 for HD
  • You can only purchase TV shows, not rent them
  • Individually, episodes typically run $2.99 for SD and $3.49 for HD
Stan on Telstra
Basic - Stan on Telstra
Streaming
7 Genres Content tv-shows, movies, entertainment, drama, kids, documentaries, reality
$0/mth Price
Min Cost - $0 for Telstra Plus Silver (3 months) and Gold members (6 months), $10/mth afterwards
  • Telstra Plus Silver members get 3 months free
  • Telstra Plus Gold members get 6 months free
  • No Contract
  • Unlimited access to TV shows and movies
  • One screen can be used at a time
  • One phone or tablet can download videos

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Pay TV in Australia

Australians didn’t always have the vast array of television options we have at our disposal today. In the past, our TV entertainment was pretty much limited to whatever Channels Seven, Nine, Ten, ABC, and SBS had on. And if we wanted to watch something, we’d have to be in front of the TV there and then. There was no streaming, and no on-demand. If we were lucky, we might’ve had a VCR available to record our favourite programs, meaning we could watch them at a later date. Generally, however, flexibility was relatively limited.

Until, that is, pay TV came along. Kicking off with the launch of Galaxy on Australia Day of 1995, pay TV eventually came to be dominated by Foxtel for a good couple of decades. The major benefit of subscription television was that it offered a far wider range of content than you would find on free-to-air channels. There was no on-demand service back then, but there were channels which were specifically dedicated to replaying past programming.

Nowadays, Foxtel is far from our only choice. It is certainly one of the best, but there are numerous other platforms which offer an array of benefits, all suiting different people based on their specific combination of budget, the type of content they like to watch, and how they like to watch it.

What to Consider

There are a whole range of things which go into choosing which of the various platforms at your disposal is the best option for you. Fortunately, we’re here to cover all of these factors in detail to make it a little easier for you to decide.

Content

Without a doubt, the first thing you’ll need to consider is what type of content you want to watch the most on your Pay TV service. If, for example, you’re after the biggest range of TV shows and movies, Netflix might be the way to go. In contrast, sports lovers will no doubt be attracted by Foxtel’s huge range of quality sports channels, while reality TV enthusiasts might be best-suited to a platform like hayu, which focuses exclusively on this type of content. Most people don’t watch just one genre, so you’ll likely be looking for something which combines a few of your favourite types of programming. Regardless of what you like, however, it’s vital that you ensure the service you go for will be able to fulfil your needs.

Data Usage

Though there are certainly similarities between how much data different streaming services use, there are some which tend to eat through your data a little more. If you have unlimited data on your broadband plan, this won’t be too much of a problem for you. If, however, you have a capped plan, you could end up paying more than you bargained for. Too much streaming could see you needing to pay excess charges for exceeding your data limit, or you may even need to purchase a more data-heavy plan to accommodate your needs – something which will inevitably cost a little more money – so make sure you know how much data a platform is likely to use before you sign up.

Cost

Cost is an obvious factor, and one which virtually everyone will take into consideration prior to purchasing anything, not just pay TV. The way pay TV platforms structure their prices varies, but for the most part you’ll be looking at a monthly fee to access a group of channels or a library of content. For some, you’ll simply be paying monthly on no-contract, while others will lock you in for a certain period of time – the latter option, though it doesn’t sound ideal, can often end up saving you money. Other services charge on a per-view basis, which is suitable for lower-volume viewers who might not want to pay a monthly fee for something they will only occasionally use.

Bearing these things in mind will make it easier for you to determine which of the following pay TV services is best suited to you.

Foxtel

The pioneer of pay TV in Australia, Foxtel delivers over 90 channels of entertainment, news and sports via cable and satellite. Both methods require installation at the customer’s premises if Foxtel hasn’t been connected there before. These days, new customers can only opt for a satellite installation, as Foxtel winds down its cable network over the next few years and gradually moves everyone over to satellite.

Foxtel recently launched their live 4K programming alongside the new iQ4 set top box. You can automatically record your favourite shows to watch later with the exact same quality as if you were watching them live. Coupled with a broadband internet connection, the Foxtel iQ4 box also give you access to on-demand replays of recent shows, live sport and entire seasons of certain programs – all of which is included in the subscription cost. Plus, you get access to the Foxtel Go app, allowing you to watch content on demand wherever you are.

Foxtel From Telstra

Two names – one awesome service. Foxtel from Telstra is exactly what the name says. It’s Foxtel in its full, home-installed form, but sold and billed by Telstra. Therefore, it’s only available to those who have an active Telstra service of some kind (a prepaid mobile service is perfectly fine). There are often extremely compelling deals available on Foxtel packages when you subscribe this way, so it’s well worth checking out what’s on offer.

The bundles are a bit different from Foxtel, though the channel packs follow the same format. You can choose between Foxtel Plus, Sports HD + Foxtel Plus, Movies HD + Foxtel Plus, Premium – or get it all with Platinum Plus, which includes all channels. Subscribers also get access to the Foxtel Go app to stream content anytime. See what’s trending on Foxtel from Telstra.

Fetch TV

This relative newcomer to Pay TV in Australia has found itself a lot of fans. Its extremely capable hardware gives customers access not only to a range of general-interest pay TV channels (delivered via broadband streaming), but also the cream of on-demand video providers such as Stan and Netflix.

Continuing to garner attention in the world of Pay TV for its solid deals, Fetch TV’s larger boxes – available to buy outright or on plans from selected internet providers – are also feature-packed hard-disk video recorders. They enable you to capture free-to-air programs to watch later and come with tons of features you’ll likely enjoy. If you have a fast broadband connection, Fetch is a worthy Foxtel alternative. The premium channel packs are only $6/month, or you can get them all for $20/month. Plus, Fetch also offers World TV packages and specialised sport packages, so you can customise your subscription so that it best matches your needs.


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